BEST OF EAST EUROPE WITH SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA
21 DAYS 20 NIGHTS
Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia

Highlights

BEST OF EAST EUROPE WITH SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA
21 DAYS 20 NIGHTS
Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia
Highlights
Highlights of the Tour
  • A complete value for money tour with maximum, quality sightseeing
  • Stay in convenient & comfortable hotels throughout your holiday
  • Daily Indian Jain / Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian / Local Lunches included
  • Daily Indian Jain / Vegetarian / Non-Vegetarian Dinners included
  • Visit 09 Countries in 21 days
  • Guided City Tour of Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Visit the Schonnbrunn Palace in Vienna
  • Visit Vienna Woods and the beautiful Seegrotte
  • Enjoy a beautiful evening boat cruise on the River Danube
  • Visit the Buda Castle, Heroes Square and the Chain Bridge
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Vltava River
  • Visit the Prague Castle
  • Visit the famous Tivoli Gardens
  • Enjoy a Canal Cruise in Copenhagen
  • Visit the Christiansborg Palace
  • Visit the Carlsberg Brewery
  • Ride the Funicular to Mt. Floyen in Bergen
  • The famous Norway In A Nutshell Tour is included
  • Visit the Viking Museum and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo
  • Visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
  • Free Time at the Famous Karl Johan Street in Oslo
  • Orientation Tour of Karlstad
  • Visit the famous Vasa Museum in Stockholm
  • Visit the City Hall of Nobel Prize Banquet Fame in Stockholm
  • Visit the Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Photo Stop at the Fjllgatan Viewpoint in Stockholm
  • Ride the Sky View to the top of The Ericsson Globe
  • Tallink Silja Line, an overnight cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Visit the Tempelliauki Church in Helsinki
  • Visit the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki
  • Visit the marvelous Sibelius Park in Helsinki
  • Experience the high-speed train ALLEGRO from Helsinki to St Petersburg
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Neva River in St. Petersburg
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum, a museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg
  • Enjoy the spectacular world famous Russian Ballet Show
  • Visit Peterhof Palace & Gardens
  • Experience the High Speed Train SAPSAN from St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • The world famous Russian Circus is included
  • Visit the Patriarchs Palace
  • Experience the Metro, a mass rapid transport system in Moscow
  • Visit 09 Countries in 21 Days at a relaxed and leisurely pace covering Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia
  • Services of a professional and experienced Tour Manager travelling with you, throughout your holiday
Itinerary
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Day 01

Welcome to Vienna!

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Day 01

Today, enter the world of Vacations Exotica as you begin your beautiful journey through Europe. On arrival at the airport, meet your professional and experienced Tour Manager in the arrival area outside the customs hall. Drive directly to your hotel and check in. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South / Austria Trend or similar in Vienna. (D)

Day 02

Vienna Guided city tour. Schonnbrunn Palace. Visit Seegrotte and Vienna Woods.

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Day 02

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a city tour of Vienna with an experienced, English speaking local guide. Start your tour with a visit to the Schonnbrunn Palace, one of the most visited places in Vienna. See the various chambers of the palace and the beautiful gardens. Also, see the Opera House, St. Stephens Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and many more sights. After lunch, visit the Seegrotte in the Vienna Woods to enjoy great views of this beautiful city and the Donau kanal(Danube Canal). Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South / Austria Trend or similar, in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 03

Onto Budapest. Enjoy a cruise on the River Danube

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Day 03

After a breakfast buffet, check out and drive to the Hungarian Capital, Budapest. On arrival, proceed on an Orientation tour of this city. Later experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Mercure / Novotel or similar, in Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 04

Budapest Guided City Tour. Onto Bratislava.

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Day 04

After a breakfast buffet, join an experienced, English speaking local guide to see the sights of Budapest. See the Heroes Square, Parliament Building, Szchenyi Chain Bridge and other sights. Also visit the Buda Castle, a medieval castle and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and drive to the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava. On arrival, check into your hotel. Get some free time in the Old Town this evening. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Austria Trend / Mercure or similar, in Bratislava. (B, L, D)

Day 05

Bratislava Guided City Tour. Onto Prague.

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Day 05

After a breakfast buffet, check out and join an experienced, English speaking local guide for a city tour. See the Bratislava Castle, the Primates Palace and Slavn for great views of the city. Walk through the pedestrianized Old Town and see St. Michaels Gate, the first University Istropolitana, St. Martins Cathedral (where coronations were performed), the Old Town Hall and the Opera House. Enjoy lunch and later drive to Prague. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Iris / Occidental Praha or similar, in Prague. (B, L, D)

Day 06

Prague Guided City Tour. Cruise on Vltava River.

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Day 06

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a guided city tour of Prague with an experienced, English speaking local guide. Start off with a visit to the Prague Castle. Walk through the many courtyards; visit the St. Vitus Cathedral the main church of the castle and the Golden Lane to see the brightly coloured houses lined along the castle wall. Visit the Old Town Square for a feel of this famous city. See the astronomical clock on the town hall and the famous Charles Bridge. Later, drive around the medieval part of the city. Enjoy lunch, and then afternoon is free for you to relax in your hotel, explore the city or for the shopping opportunities that this city has to offer. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Vltava River. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Iris / Occidental Praha or similar, in Prague. (B, L, D)

Day 07

Onto Copenhagen the Danish Capital!!! Visit the Tivoli Gardens.

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Day 07

After a breakfast buffet, check out and proceed to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen. On arrival, drive directly to your hotel and check in. Later, visit the famous Tivoli Gardens, a world-class amusement park in the centre of Copenhagen. The Tivoli Gardens is a must see in Copenhagen as it has fun for all ages with great rides, activities, shops, etc. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Scandic Sydhaven / Park Inn or similar, in Copenhagen. (B, L, D)

Day 08

Guided city tour of Copenhagen. Visit the Christiansborg Palace. Visit the Carlsberg Brewery. Experience a Canal Cruise.

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Day 08

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a guided city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Visit the Christiansborg Palace, the most important building in Denmark. The Christiansborg Palace is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Ministers Office and the Danish Supreme Court. Also, see the City Hall, the Amalienborg Palace - the winter home of the Danish royal family, the Stock Exchange, Strget Shopping Street and many more sights. After lunch, visit the Gefion Fountain - the largest monument in Copenhagen, also used as a wishing well and the Little Mermaid - an icon and major tourist attraction of Copenhagen. Later, visit the Carlsberg brewery. A tour of the brewery reveals age-old traditions of beer making. Next, enjoy a canal cruise and see the interesting sights and attractions of the city, also a great way to experience the city. The canal tour sails through the harbour, idyllic canals and passes by Copenhagens beautiful churches, castles, old listed houses, new buildings and all other sights of interest. Tonight, enjoy an Indian Dinner. Overnight at Hotel Scandic Sydhaven / Park Inn or similar, in Copenhagen. (B, L, D)

Day 09

Onto Bergen Gateway to the Fjords. Bergen Guided city tour. Funicular to Mt. Floyen

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Day 09

After a breakfast buffet, check out and proceed to the airport for your flight to Bergen. On arrival, have lunch and proceed on a guided city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Bergen is an international city with a small-town charm and atmosphere, surrounded by seven rounded, lush mountains. The Hanseatic wharf Bryggen with its pastel-colour wooden houses, winding cobblestone streets and Old Bergen are just a few of the many attractions that make Bergen a real place of enchantment. Ride the Funicular to Mt. Floyen for great views of the city. Evening is at your leisure to explore the city on your own or visit the flea markets for some bargain shopping. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Grand Terminus / Zander K or similar, in Bergen. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Norway in a nutshell - The ultimate Scandinavian Excursion. Onto Oslo.

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Day 10

After a breakfast buffet, check out and embark on Norways most popular trip Norway in a nutshell. A combination of impressive trips by bus, boat and spectacular train rides. Proceed to Gudvangen and on arrival, embark on an enchanting boat ride into the Naeroyfjord. A UNESCOs World Heritage area and one of the narrowest fjords in Europe surrounded by towering mountains. The trip takes you through some of Norways most beautiful Fjord scenery and arrives into the picturesque village of Flam, situated innermost in the Aurlandsfjord. After a local lunch, board your train on the Flam railway line. A masterpiece of engineering set amidst wild and wonderful scenery. Enjoy views of the huge mountains and thundering waterfalls, as the train passes through the Flam valley and arrives at Myrdal. Later, board your coach and drive to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Quality Expo / Scandic or similar, in Oslo. (B, LL, D)

Day 11

Oslo - Guided city tour. Visit the Viking Museum & Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

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Day 11

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Visit the Viking Ship Museum, which presents ships from the Viking periods such as Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune. The exhibit includes the worlds two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century. As well as small boats, sledges, a cart with exceptional ornamentation, implements, tools, harness, textiles, household utensils, etc. On your city tour, also drive past the City Hall, the House of Parliament, the Royal Palace and the majestic Akershus fortress. After lunch, visit the magnificent and unique Vigeland Sculpture Park and Karl Johan Street. Norway is often called the Cradle of Skiing, and you will see why when you visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and admire the dizzying panorama. Enjoy these sights and many more on your guided tour. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Quality Expo / Scandic or similar, in Oslo. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Onto Karlstad. Onto Stockholm Jewel of the Swedish Archipelago.

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Day 12

After a breakfast buffet, check out and drive to Karlstad. On arrival, enjoy lunch. Karlstad is situated on a river delta where Swedens longest river, Klarlven, runs into Swedens largest lake, Vnern. It is reputed to be one of the sunniest towns in Sweden and hence the symbol for Karlstad is a Happy Sun. Later, drive to Stockholm - the capital of Sweden. It is often called the Venice of the North due to its numerous canals and waterways. The city offers many interesting cafes and restaurants and has become an El Dorado for shoppers. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Quality / Scandic or similar, in Stockholm. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Stockholm - Guided city tour. Visit the City Hall, the famous Vasa Museum. Visit the Fjllgatan viewpoint.

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Day 13

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a full day city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Visit the impressive City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet takes place every year. Next, see the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, the Old Town, Kings Garden and many more interesting sights. After lunch, make a stop at the Fjllgatan viewpoint, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the city and its inner harbour. Later, visit the famous Vasa Museum that houses the majestic 17th century royal warship - Vasa. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Quality / Scandic or similar, in Stockholm. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Visit the Drottningholm Palace. Ride the Sky View. Onto Tallink Silja Cruise across the Baltic.

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Day 14

After a breakfast buffet, check out and visit the Drottningholm Palace - a former Royal summer residence and today a home to the Swedish Royal Family. The palace contains magnificent rooms dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, a beautiful Baroque Park, Palace Theater, Chinese Pavilion, etc. Later, ride the Sky View a new world-class attraction that takes you on a breath-taking journey along the outside and to the top of the worlds largest spherical building - the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark. From the top, at 130 meters above sea level, you get an unbeatable view of Stockholm. Enjoy lunch. Later, board your luxury cruise across the Baltic, on board the Tallink Silja Line. Cruise across the Baltic Sea and through the Swedish archipelago to Helsinki. Tonight, enjoy a Scandinavian dinner buffet on board the cruise. Later, you can dance the night away at the nightclub or linger in the various shops, as you enjoy the night on this luxury cruise. Overnight on board Tallink Silja Line (Exterior cabins) Cruise Liner. (B, L, SD)

Day 15

Onto Helsinki the Finnish Capital. Guided city tour of Helsinki.

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Day 15

After a breakfast buffet on board, disembark in Helsinki and proceed on a city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Enjoy the sights of this beautiful city. Visit the Tempelliauki Church the Church in the Rock, the Uspenski Cathedral and the marvelous Sibelius Park. Also, see the Senate square, the Presidential Palace, Finlandia Hall, Opera House and many more interesting sights. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Clarion / Radisson Blu / Scandic or similar, in Helsinki. (B, L, D)

Day 16

St. Petersburg One of the worlds most beautiful cities.

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Day 16

After a breakfast buffet, check out and proceed to the train station to board the high-speed train Allegro to St. Petersburg. This train gets you to St. Petersburg in less than 4 hours. Packed lunch will be provided. Arrive at St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia and check into the hotel. Later, get ready to enjoy a spectacular world famous Russian Ballet Show. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Courtyard Marriott or similar, in St. Petersburg. (B, PL, D)

Day 17

City tour of St. Petersburg. Visit Peterhof Palace & Gardens.

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Day 17

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a city tour with a local English-speaking guide. See the St. Isaacs Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Russian National Library, the Statue of Peter the Great, the Peter & Paul Fortress, Summer Garden, Smolny Cathedral and many more sights. After lunch, proceed to Peterhof, famous for its series of palaces and gardens known as the Peterhof Palace. It was laid out on the orders of the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great and is also called the Russian Versailles. The park holds numerous fountains, few monumental cascades and is one of Russias most famous tourist attractions. Later visit the Grand Palace, entering through the ornate Ceremonial Staircase to see the Ballroom, Throne Room, the Western Chinese Study, the Drawing Room, the Imperial Suite, the Oak Study Room and the Crown Room. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Courtyard Marriott or similar, in St. Petersburg. (B, L, D)

Day 18

Visit the Hermitage Museum. Cruise on River Neva.

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Day 18

After a breakfast buffet, visit the Hermitage Museum - a museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg. It is the largest and oldest museums in the world, with a collection comprising nearly three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the city on your own or for shopping at the Nevsky Prospect. Later in the evening, enjoy a cruise on the Neva River - one of the best ways to view the majesty of St. Petersburgs 18th century architecture and craftsmanship. The cruise exposes you to the magnificent panorama and stunning sights of this great city as it passes under the main bridges of St. Petersburg; unfolding the citys history and its legends connected with the waterways. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Hotel Courtyard Marriott or similar, in St. Petersburg. (B, L, D)

Day 19

Moscow - the Capital city. Enjoy the world famous Russian Circus.

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Day 19

After a breakfast buffet, check out and proceed to the train station to board the high-speed train Sapsan. Arrive at Moscow, the financial and political centre of Russia and the former Soviet Union. It boasts of the largest community of billionaires in the world. After lunch, drive to your hotel and check in. Later in the evening, see the world famous Russian Circus. For over two centuries, the circus has been an important part of Russias rich cultural heritage. It is a truly universal form of entertainment enjoyed by all, regardless of race, religion, language, social class, education or age. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar, in Moscow. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Moscow - Guided city tour. See the magnificent Kremlin and the Red Square. Tour of the Metro

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Day 20

After a breakfast buffet, proceed on a guided city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Explore the Kremlin Grounds, Cathedrals and see the Patriarchs Palace in Moscow. The small city in the centre of Moscow, once the residence of Czars and Patriarchs contains Russias main Cathedrals - Assumption Cathedral, Archangels Cathedral and Deposition of the Robe Cathedral. The Patriarchs Palace is a museum of seventeenth-century life and applied art, displaying ecclesiastical regalia, period furniture, gold and silver ware from Russia and Western Europe. It dates back to 1640 and incorporates the Church of the Twelve Apostles, the private place of worship for the Patriarchs. Next, experience the Metro, the most reliable and rapid transport system. It connects the central part of the city with the industrial areas, residential areas and neighbouring towns. Moscow metro is a world leader for its volume of traffic and reliable transportation. Later, you have some time at leisure to explore Moscow on your own. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar, in Moscow. (B, L, D)

Day 21

Farewell!

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Day 21

This morning, after a breakfast buffet/ boxed breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport for your flight back home. Return home with great experiences and wonderful memories of your holiday with Vacations Exotica. (B)

Inclusions
WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
  • SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSIONS
    • AUSTRIA
      • Vienna
        • Guided Tour of the city
        • Visit Schonnbrunn Palace and Gardens
        • Visit Seegrotte and Vienna Woods
    • HUNGARY
      • Budapest
        • Guided Tour of the city
        • Visit the Buda Castle
        • Cruise on Danube River
    • SLOVAKIA
      • Bratislava
        • Guided Tour of the city
    • CZECH REPUBLIC
      • Prague
        • Guided Tour of the city
        • Visit to the Prague Castle
        • Cruise on Vltava River
    • DENMARK
      • Copenhagen
        • Guided Tour of the city
        • Visit the Gefion Fountain - the largest monument
        • See the Little Mermaid - an icon
        • Visit the Christiansborg Palace
        • Visit the Carlsberg Brewery
        • Visit Tivoli Gardens ? Scandinavia?s best Amusement Park
        • Enjoy a Canal Cruise
    • NORWAY
      • Bergen
        • Guided City Tour
        • Funicular ride to Mt. Floyen
        • Norway in a Nutshell
        • Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord
        • Ride the Flam Railway
        • Visit Myrdal
      • Oslo
        • Guided city tour
        • Visit the Viking Museum
        • Visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump
        • Visit the magnificent and unique Vigeland Sculpture Park
        • Spend time at Karl Johan Street
    • SWEDEN
      • Karlstad Stockholm
        • Orientation tour of the city
        • Guided city tour
        • Visit the impressive City Hall, famous for Nobel Prize banquet
        • Visit the Vasa Museum
        • Visit the Drottningholm Palace
        • View from Fj?llgatan View Point
        • Ride the Sky View ? On top of the Ericsson Globe
    • FINLAND
      • Helsinki
        • Guided City Tour
        • Visit the Tempelliauki Church
        • Visit the Uspenski Cathedral
        • Visit the marvelous Sibelius Park
    • RUSSIA
      • St. Petersburg
        • Cruise on the Neva River
        • Guided City Tour
        • Visit the Hermitage Museum
        • Spectacular Russian Cultural Show
        • Visit Peterhof Palace & Gardens
      • Moscow
        • See the stunning Russian Circus
        • Guided City Tour
        • Visit the Kremlin and the Red Square
        • Visit the Patriarch?s Palace
        • Experience the Metro - a mass rapid transport system
  • HOTELS
    • 02 nights accommodation at Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South / Austria Trend or similar, in Vienna
    • 01 night accommodation at Hotel Mercure / Novotel or similar, in Budapest
    • 01 night accommodation at Hotel Austria Trend / Lindner Gallery Central or similar, in Bratislava
    • 02 nights accommodation at Hotel Iris / Occidental Praha or similar, in Prague
    • 02 nights at Hotel Scandic Sydhaven / Park Inn or similar, in Copenhagen
    • 01 night at Hotel Grand Terminus / Zander K or similar, in Bergen
    • 02 nights at Hotel Quality Expo / Scandic or similar, in Oslo
    • 02 nights at Hotel Quality / Scandic or similar, in Stockholm
    • 01 night board Tallink Silja Line Cruise (Ocean view cabins)
    • 01 night at Hotel Clarion / Radisson Blu / Scandic or similar, in Helsinki
    • 03 nights at Hotel Courtyard Marriott or similar, in St Petersburg
    • 02 nights at Hotel Holiday Inn or similar, in Moscow
  • MEALS
    • Daily Scandinavia buffet breakfast in Scandinavia & American buffet breakfast in Europe & Russia
    • Indian Jain / Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian / Local lunches as specified in the itinerary
    • Indian Jain / Vegetarian / Non-Vegetarian dinners
    • A Scandinavian buffet dinner on board the ?Tallink Silja Line? cruise
  • TRANSFERS
    • All transfers and extensive excursions with entrance fees (as specified in the itinerary) by deluxe air conditioned coach
    • The ?Tallink Silja Line? cruise across the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki
    • The high-speed train ?Allegro? from Helsinki to St Petersburg
    • The high speed train ?Sapsan? from St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • AIRFARE & VISAS
    • Return economy class group airfare as per the itinerary
    • Cost of ticket taxes
    • Cost of Multiple Entry Schengen visa & Single Entry Russian Visa
    • All local taxes as of 01st October 2017
  • OVERSEAS TRAVEL INSURANCE
    • It is extremely important to possess an Overseas Travel Insurance policy before you travel on your tour. We have included the cost of overseas travel insurance for the duration of the tour. For any passengers above 60 years of age and those who wish to extend their holiday, additional charges would apply.
  • TOUR MANAGER
    • Services of a professional and experienced Tour Manager or a local representative throughout your tour in Europe
Exclusions
WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

BEST OF EAST EUROPE WITH SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA

  • Cost of deviation - In case you wish to deviate from the group departure dates mentioned in the brochure i.e. either travel before the departure date of your tour or would like to come back on a later date after the tour ends, there will be an additional charge that will be applicable which will be advised to you by our sales team / partner agent. The same subject to availability of seats for the given dates & ticket validity. Kindly also note, the deviation request is to be made at th
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